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Monday, October 01, 2012

Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney takes part in a South Carolina Republican presidential debate in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, January 16, 2012. South Carolina Mitt Romney takes part in a South Carolina Republican presidential debate in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. (Paul J. Richards/Getty)

The first presidential debate happened last night, and we watched (and chatted) it live with Brian Lehrer, Anna Sale, our swing state colleagues and the politically diverse It's A Free Country bloggers. Check out what we talked about here!





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Premier Visas from London

I had attended this live chat of first president debate. This was very nice and informative debate. Premier Visas

Jan. 11 2013 06:02 AM

Why didn't Mr Lehrer ask about Jim Lehrers'interruptions and his
over-all performance as the moderator.

Oct. 04 2012 11:04 AM
Samuel from Manhattan

Romney exuded the confidence of a businessman who has succeeded more than he failed.He has the creative energy and endurance to stay with a problem untill its solved. He has the can do energy of a Michelle Obama. The President's largely neutral tone comes from focusing on the reality that even the best plans may not succeed and emotional reserve not exuberance is the more intellectually honest pose to take untill we see our labour bear fruit.
Romney= Captain Kirk ; Pres. Obama= Mr. Spock I happen to like Spock but I admitt that some situations require a vigorous lust- for- life approach.

Oct. 03 2012 11:48 PM
Edward James Dunne, Ph.D. from NYC

Obama did what he needed to do...not dismiss Mitt as a viable candidate but not let him get away with outrageous claims about O's "failures" or "incomtencies" . He didn't "zing" or one-up. He just kept up saying that he had done what was needed and that Romney didn't have a plan and wouldn't have done anything differently. Romney benefited by being next to Obama, but that's as ephemeral as hugging an astronaut.

Oct. 03 2012 11:19 PM
Zaraki from NJ

some fact checks here:

Oct. 03 2012 11:01 PM
Nick from Lost in NJ

Oh man! If this was a prize fight, the ref would have stopped it. Romney by a KO.

Oct. 03 2012 10:45 PM

Romney destroyed Obama. Romney was channeling Reagan, playing fast and loose with reality. But relaxed and confident. Mustered the little details to give the patina of 'truthiness'.

Why the reluctance to go right at Romney and call him out as a tool of the super-rich? Why not call him out on his hypocrisy? Listening to Romney talk about how he's concerned about America and the common man made me want to vomit.

It sounded like Bam didn't want to offend the oligarchs. Didn't want to sound like a whiner by complaining about Republican obstructionism. Didn't want to face the truth that is himself compromised and did far more for Wall Street than he did for Main Street.

Can you imagine if Bill Clinton were running. Romney would have left the stage in despair.

Oct. 03 2012 10:35 PM
tori from california

romney is one big 'bully' and lehrer allows romney to bully him. who agreed on having him as a moderator anyways? i think he is a weak moderator. he was not fair. he interrupted pres. obama's response at least three times...because he knows pres obama is a gentleman. i sure hope they find another moderator, who has a back bone to stay with his subject and not allow romney or anyone who is a bully to get away with anything. one can tell romney was born with a 'silver' spoon in his mouth or shall i say 'gold' spoon. on this debate it just confirmed to me that romney will not give us specifics on his plan to guide our country. he talks a lot about creating jobs but he never told us how?

Oct. 03 2012 10:32 PM
Janine from Louisiana

Obama speaks clearly and surly whereas Romney is shaky seems quite unsure

Oct. 03 2012 10:21 PM
Michele from New York

If personal healthcare choice and the pre-Obamacare policies work, then why are we ranked so poorly compared to other wealthy nations on a public health level?

Oct. 03 2012 10:12 PM
Puzzled from Rutherford, NJ

Can someone please explain to me this: If Gov. Romney hates the federal government so much, why does he want the head of government then???? If he likes the private sector so much, why does he not stay there? Public position should be for those that believe in the public good...

Oct. 03 2012 10:12 PM

Why is Jim Lehrer so flaccid at conducting this debate? He's harsher in keeping time on Obama - that's a small thing compared to his poor questions and inadequate facilitation. Disappointing.

Oct. 03 2012 10:10 PM

Leher lets obama talk on, but when romney talks, leher jumps in with his own extra questions.

Oct. 03 2012 10:02 PM

can someone call romney on his very bad sportmanship

Oct. 03 2012 09:59 PM

Romney is totally taking over this debate... Just talks over president answers all questions last.. And He Wont Stop when they try to stop him

Oct. 03 2012 09:55 PM
Christine Seid from Darien, CT

Under vouchers I doubt the majority will be able to pick and choose their insurance company - the insurance companies will drop them when they get sick.

Oct. 03 2012 09:52 PM
Ramona from Idaho

Has anyone else noticed that Mitt's American Flag pin is larger than the Presidents'? Why is that?

Oct. 03 2012 09:37 PM
keith from Brooklyn

Romney hasn't said anything specific yet.

Oct. 03 2012 09:30 PM

"Let me repeat myself." If I keep saying it, it will become so.

Oct. 03 2012 09:25 PM
Emily Harris

If the truth about both of them being in favor of the indefinite de tention of Anerican Citizens in the Nat'l De fense Auth or i zation act comes out. Nobody in their right mind would vote for either. Everyone should vote their conscience. (RP or Gary J ohnson).

Oct. 03 2012 09:21 PM
tommydip from Bellmore, NY

we need a tax on financial notes yes a sale tax to help the dollar!

Oct. 03 2012 08:57 PM
david from ditmas park

The IMF just came out today and said the global recovery won't turn the corner until 2018...that's over 6 years away. The implication is that America's recovery will look similar, being the most robust economy on the planet.

Tonight the candidates will completely disregard such realities and pretend that they both have a plan to "put America back to work" as they say. Obama has at least acknowledged that the turn around will take some time, but tonight we will hear nothing but pixie dust dreams of flight for our country. I just wish someone had the guts to speak the truth...but I guess mentioning something like "malaise" won't get you elected to the presidency.

I'm not going to vote this time...I'm done with both of these guys.

Oct. 03 2012 08:24 PM
Leanne from Texas

In my own defense, I think Silly-Americans deserve to join together and address the issues in a way that communicates to them.
Bad Idea: Get a bottle and do shots every time someone says, "Um..."

Oct. 03 2012 05:56 PM
Hugh from Queens

I agree with mark in New York. Is it too much to ask that people just sit in front of their TV, pay attention to the debate and come to conclusions? I know a lot of people don't want to hear it but this is serious stuff and should be dealt with in a serious manner.

Oct. 03 2012 01:34 PM
mark from New York

Yes! A very important presidential debate and election and let's make it ironic! Don't pay attention to the content! Let's make it a game!

I expect more from WNYC. I expect that WNYC will be part of the solution, not part of the problem. Whoever came up with this nonsense should be fired.

Oct. 03 2012 12:17 PM
Janet Barron from Oyster Bay, NY

I'm distressed that the dysfunctional state of our civil justice system has received so little notice by our presidential candidates. The right of the accused to "a just and speedy trial (The 6th amendment)) is a cornerstone of the Bill of Rights and U.S. Constitution and at present, is not being honored in our courts. A new book, "The Time for Justice" by Anthony V. Curto explicates the problem and proposes pragmtic "time fixes" that can save all Americans time and money as they struggle to resolve legal disputes in our nation's courts. Any chance of raising the issue tonight during the debate? We are a litigious society and need to make sure that our lawmakers and governmental leaders are aware of the problem and are committed to solving it. The Time For Justice should be required reading before we head for the polls next month.
Best regards, Janet Barton

Oct. 03 2012 12:11 PM

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